Donald Patrick Gladney, CD

May 22, 1935 to April 27, 2019


Passed away suddenly on April 27, 2019 surrounded by his Air Cadet friends and family. Leaving to mourn beloved partner Beverly Hoban, daughters Janet Keeping (Dave), Karen Piercey (Everett), Tanya Gladney (Terry Malone). Brother John (Patricia). Grandchildren: Allen and Benjamin Keeping and Staci Gladney. Great-grandchildren: Willow and Patrick Keeping. Nephew, Wayne and niece, Paula. Predeceased by his wife June (nee Moores), brothers: Tom, Bill and Herb., sisters: Joan and Margaret and special nephew Donald. Don had a long and distinguished career of membership and volunteerism in the Air Cadet League of Canada, having joined 508 RCACS in 1949 and serving continuously since. After graduating cadets, Don served as a CIC officer attaining the rank of LCol and serving as CO of 514 RCACS and as the ACICO for Newfoundland and Labrador.  A long serving member of the provincial committee, Don served as Provincial Chair from 1975 to 1978 and National President of the Air Cadet League of Canada from 1992 to 1993.  In 2013, Don was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame for his services to the Air Cadet program. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Wednesday, May 1,  2 p.m. – 4 pm, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Thursday, May 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Funeral service to be held at Carnell’s Chapel on Thursday, May  2, at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don’s honor to The Air Cadet League of Canada (NF) Inc. To donate please go to Donate to any charity in Canada | CanadaHelps and search for “Air Cadet League of Canada (NF) Inc.”




2-4 p.m. on May 1, 2019

7-9 p.m. on May 1, 2019

10 a.m. - 12 noon on May 2, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Thursday May 2nd

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
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Tanya and Family,
I was so saddened to learn of your Dad’s recent death. No matter the age it is never easy to lose a parent. I hope it brings you some comfort to know that so many people are thinking of you at this very difficult time. Surely the very best of your Dad lives on in you. I will say a special prayer for him.

Deepest Sympathy to the Family on the Don’s Passing. May his memory live on in your hearts.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.

So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a great friend and c0-worker. Sincere condolences to Bev & Family.

Aunt Bev, Janet, Karen Tanya and families:
I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing.. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. RIP Don.

Saddened by the passing of a friend and mentor. Met Don many years ago while attending Air Cadet League National meetings and from day-1 , I knew that he was a man I could trust and get a straight answer from although it might not always be what I wanted to hear…he was a straight shooter!
Not surprised to hear that he passed attending a Cadet Function as that was his passion. Many youth throughout the province and indeed across our great country lead richer lives as a result of Don’s dedication to Cadets.
My condolences and that of my wife Aurella go out to Bev and members of the Gladney family.

Russell Gallant, Governor
Air Cadet League ofCanada

Tanya and family,

Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May the wonderful memories you have with him carry you through this difficult time. Rest in peace, Mr. Gladney!!

Karen Whittle and Family
Wedgewood Park

From The Board of Directors of Caribou legion Manor.
Bev and Family,
Don was a diligent and stabilizing member of the board of directors, always saw both sides of an issue. He was constant and involved in the social aspects of the Residents and will be missed by all. We ask the blessing of God on him and his family at this time.

Tanya, Terry and members of he Gladney Family,
Our most sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Dad. You spoke of him with such love, pride and respect. I hope in the days ahead you will find comfort in the wonderful memories you have together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.xo

Bev., Janet, Karen and Tanya. We were very saddened to hear of Don’s passing while here in Phoenix. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Don has been a friend for over 50 years and lots of memories. He is gone but won’t be forgotten .

Our thoughts and prayers are with Beverly and Don’s family at this difficult time.

Please accept our sincere condolences to the entire Gladney Family. We were neighbours for 30 years and had nothing but respect for Don. May he rest in peace.

Our deepest condolences to Beverly and Don’s family on his sudden passing. Fond memories of Don at RCL Branch Number 1 over the years. He will be missed.

Doug and Marilynne Lane

Please accept my sincere condolences to the entire Gladney Family. I had the pleasure of meeting Don during my time as both a cadet and officer of 514 Kinsmen RCACS. It was always an honor to have him in attendance during the ACR’s; not only as a former Commanding Officer, but a proud grandfather to Staci. He will be missed.

Bev and the family my sincere sympathy know that you are in my prayers and thoughts at this time .Don was without a doubt a fine gentlemen it was always a treat to see him at our meetings at the Royal Canadian Legion where I was padre.May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Sincere condolences to you and your family, prayers and thoughts are with you at such a difficult time. I had the pleasure to meet Don on several occasions with my late husband Austin while attending Provincial Commetty meetings and socials with the Air Cadet League.
Kindest regards

An Air Cadet to the heart true and blue. His dedication to the movement stayed with him till his last breath. I am sure for Don been involved, watching our youth grow to effective leaders has been gratifying and rewarding to him.
Don was an Officer I looked up to as a young cadet. In later years, I had the privilege working along side as Western Vice during my tenure. I will remember Don as an effective speaker, communicator an the voice for the Air Cadet.
My deepest sympathy Bev to you and all family. God Bless

David and Debbie Johnston

Bev, Karen, Tanya , Janet & families. We are so sorry to hear abount the sudden passing of Don. Sending our love & prayers . God Bless

Janet, Karen, Tanya and Beverly, I was deeply saddened to hear of Don’s passing. As you know we worked together for almost thirty years and following his retirement I looked forward to our getting together occasionally for a flipper dinner and trading of old work stories. I will miss those chats. My sincere condolences.

Sad to here of Dons passing. Our condolences go out to Bev and Gladney family , you will be I our thoughts and prayers .

Tom Power, Commanding Officer (Retired) of 842 Bomber Squadron.

My condolences to Bev and the family. I thoroughly enjoyed any time I was fortunate enough to spend with Don while I was with the Air Cadet League.

My deepest condolences go out to you Bev, and all the family. Don was an extraordinary man. He will be greatly missed but thought of often, especially in the Air Cadet world, with fond and loving memories.

Jackie Vokey, Commanding Officer (Retired) of 567 Random Air Cadet Squadron

I came to know Don Gladney through the Air Cadet League. He was a forthright and direct speaker who spoke truth to the powerful and the powerless alike. Don Gladney spoke his mind, one formed during over 60 years of experience with Air Cadets and the Air Cadet league, both provincially and nationally. At the NL League public speaking contest held this past weekend in Gander, Don Gladney’s presence was very much felt and missed. He was an active and avid promoter of the event, holding a fervent and fervid belief in the benefit to youth of public speaking. Through his efforts, the event gained national prominence in the Air Cadet League .Although Don Gladney was largely unknown to cadets, he was the wind beneath their wings . Enjoy your new wings, Don.

Tanya, very sorry to hear that your Dad has recently passed away. I hope that many happy memories will sustain you as you grieve his loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.
Kindest regards,
Sheilagh Malone
Ottawa, ON

Condolences to Don’S family at this sad time…he will be greatly missed by many. Air Cadets in Nfld gave Don a lot to work for, and now we all honour him in silent tribute for all his dedication, service, and devotion for all those many, many years. RIP Don.

”Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth……”
Sincere sympathy to Bev, Janet, Karen, Tanya and families in their sad loss. Also to members of the Air Cadet League of Canada (NL), past and present who have had the benefit of Don’s years of experience, knowledge, vision and, friendship. The end of an era.

Bev and family,
It’s terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. He will be greatly missed.

Bev,Janet,Karen,Tanya and families,
We were so sorry to hear of Don’s sudden passing on Saturday. Our hearts and thoughts are with all of you.

Bev and family,
Our sincere condolences to you and your family our prayers and thoughts are with you.
God bless.

Rest In Peace Don

Bev and Family. So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He will be thoroughly missed by many. Hope your many good memories can help you all cope in the days ahead. We are in NS with family but sending you many thoughts and prayers.

Bev and family,
So sorry to hear of Don’s sudden passing, he will certainly be missed. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time..

Bev, Janet, Karen Tanya and families:
I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing on Saturday. You can rest assured that he passed among his friends at the SAM of the Air Cadet League in Gander. He will leave a large hole to be filled here with the Provincial Committee. Rest assured that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. RIP Don.